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WebCenter Sites and Sites Cloud Service Accessibility

Kellsey Ruppel
Principal Product Marketing Director
Author: Mitchell Palski – Oracle Fusion Middleware Specialist

One of the major requirements for public facing websites is usually to conform to standard Web Accessibility Guidelines. Oracle demonstrates the adherence of our products by issuing Voluntary Product Assessment Templates (VPATs). Oracle uses the VPAT to represent the degree of conformance to various accessibility standards and guidelines, including Section 508 (as released in 2001), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0, and WCAG 2.0.

Oracle’s Web Content Management (WCM) offering – WebCenter Sites – is a leader in the category (according to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for WCM). WebCenter Sites provides the tools for business users to build intuitive digital experiences for end-users that adapt to their behavior and dynamically deliver content based on that behavior. Each website is enabled with social tools, intelligent user-segmentation, native integration with document management and customer relationship management tools, and an out-of-the-box mobile-friendly interface. WebCenter Sites can be deployed on-premise or in the Cloud as Sites Cloud Service (SCS) – an option of Document Cloud Service.

When it comes to accessibility, what developers and integrators really want to know is – “Can I check off the box that says WebCenter Sites conforms to Section 508 and WCAG?”

Make the judgement for yourself:

What it boils down to is this:

  • WebCenter Sites and Sites Cloud Service conform to the Section 508 standards and the WCAG standards at the “AA” level by providing the toolsets to:
    • Facilitate the development of accessible web content and web sites
    • Enable the use of supporting technologies that certain people with disabilities use to access the web
    • Prevent instances with disadvantages users are unable to access content (or equivalent content)
  • “Admin UI” and “Builder UI” (for Sites on-premise and Sites Cloud Service, respectively) do not adhere to the same level of accessibility standards
    • This effects business users who are responsible for developing new assets (building pages, templates or workflows; defining profiles, user segments, etc.)
    • Certain work-arounds are able to be provided through product customization, preferably by an Oracle-certified partner
Were you worried about WebCenter Sites or Sites Cloud Service being able to service your disabled end-users? Well, you don’t have to worry anymore!

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